SAN ANTONIO -- A week after the election, more people are heading to the classroom to get their concealed handgun license.
For a while, it was uncertainty about who was going to take office and change the laws. But now it’s concern about violence from protests getting too close to home.
For Juan Aredondo, it’s about protection.
“I would have a disadvantage if I got into an altercation,” said Arredondo, a veteran with only one arm. “I was always scared of that.”
It’s a disadvantage he isn’t willing to risk.
“As soon as I got out of the hospital, I found a concealed handgun license instructor,” he said.
After serving to protect Iraq, Arredondo came back a changed man. His goal to protect himself and his family hasn’t changed, though.
“I see more people at the range,” said Josh Felker of Lonestar Handgun. “We have seen some people scared of potential protesters.”
Felker, whose been watching the numbers, says that there’s been a 10 to 15 percent spike in the number of people interested in guns.
“People are all about their freedom in this state,” Felker said. “Freedom of speech until it infringes on someone else’s rights. And most Texans say, ‘I’ve had enough.’ This is not going to happen.”
At San Antonio Concealed Handgun, a typically slow season has seen classes double in size.
For Lonestar Handgun, the spike is nothing like the rush they’ve seen after terrorist attacks and past presidential elections, though. At those times, business has spiked by 35 percent.